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French Senate Gives Final Approval to Gay Marriage and Adoption

The French Senate voted Friday to adopt a bill legalizing same-sex marriage and giving gay couples the right to adopt, News24 reports:

TaubiraThe vote, by a show of hands, puts the bill on track to become law after technical second readings in both houses.

Senators had on Wednesday approved the crucial first article of the bill granting gay couples the right to marry and to adopt, by a vote of 179 to 157.

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira (pictured) hailed the Senate vote, saying it had strengthened French society "by granting the simple recognition of full citizenship to homosexual couples".

The bill came under vehement attack in a country that is officially secular but predominantly Catholic, mobilising hundreds of thousands of people in pro- and anti-gay marriage protests nationwide.

The WSJ adds: "The bill will formally become law in the coming months, once Parliament has reviewed a number of minor, technical amendments. The vote delivers a key electoral pledge of Mr. Hollande at a time when his popularity is at record lows and the Socialist majority is struggling to contain a tax-fraud scandal involving a former budget minister."

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  1. Congratulations, France! However, with the vote of 179 to 157, it seems like the French Legislature was just as divided as the country itself.

    Posted by: | Apr 12, 2013 3:54:04 PM

  2. "Rick you provincial fool...The Bahamas..Jamaica...Trinidad and Tobago...St Vincent and the Grenadines...etc. etc. etc."

    Oh, I see. I thought you were referring to Canada. No, there were no Jim Crow laws passed in the Carribean--the white people just up and left instead of bothering to do so (LOL)

    "I also think the White Dutch/Boers of South Africa had a little bit to do with the perpetuation of Apartheid...just saying..."

    They did, but South Africa was part of the Commonwealth and you cannot blame the Boers for the apartheid in Rhodesia....Just sayin'

    "there is not one single civil rights issue, where America was out front"

    As I said, the modern gay rights movement originated in the US....that is a matter of record....

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 12, 2013 3:57:15 PM


    The country isn't that divided despite the highly vocal opponents that make it sound so.

    Posted by: titbug | Apr 12, 2013 4:02:30 PM

  4. Vive la France !!

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Apr 12, 2013 4:12:17 PM

  5. France abolished slavery first in 1794, restored it in 1802 and finally abolished it back in 1848. Just saying...

    Posted by: roupie | Apr 13, 2013 9:49:12 AM

  6. Rick said: "America lets gays serve in the military and Canada doesn't. FACT."

    No, they've been allowed since 1992. See references here:

    Posted by: Neil | Apr 13, 2013 6:56:45 PM

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